Cruel Enchantment (Dark Magick, #2)
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Cruel Enchantment (Dark Magick #2)

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The Dark Magick series continues from this New York Times bestselling author.

To keep her fae race from being eradicated, Emmaline Gallagher must retrieve an object of fae power from a locked ancient box. Only Aeric O'Malley has the forging skills to create a key. But will their tumultuous past stand in the way?

Mass Market Paperback, 297 pages
Published September 7th 2010 by Berkley Sensation
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Laurie (Bitten by Romance)
I really enjoyed this book. Anya has a writing style that is all its own and that’s what keeps me coming back for more. I love the hot sex and dangerous men with strong women Anya writes along with the added action and excitement you just cant go wrong in trying this series, you may just find yourself truly enchanted as I did.

As I started reading this one I was skeptical for a bit, because of Aeric relationship isn’t one the greatest given his past, with Emmaline, but Anya kept it fresh and flo...more
Jan 11, 2011 Marsha rated it 3 of 5 stars Recommends it for: Adults only
It is always hit or miss with me when a read a book by Anya Bast. Let me tell you what I do like about her writing and then what I didn't like about this book. Ms. Bast if great at setting up background information that makes you love the heroes and hate the villians. The female herione is strong and capable; able to take down the bad guy without needing the aid of her lover. Bast masterfully manipulates the plot with unexpected twists and set up information for sequels. Her battle scenes as exp...more
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Here you have the two main characters: Aeric who has been waiting to seek revenge on Emmaline who killed the love of his life over 300 years ago. Emmaline has remained hidden for those 300 plus years trying to help find a way to free her people. Emmaline, feels guilty everyday about the hurt she has caused Aeric.

Finally Aeric gets his wish and Emmaline shows herself. His first thought is to kill her but something stops him. Instead, he holds h...more
~* 3.5 Stars *~
Over three hundred and sixty years ago, Emmaline Siobhan Keara Gallagher was a finely tuned weapon of the Seelie Summer Queen, an assassin of note and a scourge on the Unseelie. She was also the fae who murdered Aileen, the woman Aeric O'Malley had loved with a fierce devotion that burned brightly long centuries after her death. Emmaline has been beyond Aeric's reach ever since, having fled Ireland before the fae were rounded up and imprisoned behind the walls of Piefferburg. Aeri...more
Kathy Davie
Personally, I see it as third in the Dark Magick paranormal series.

Cruel Enchantment is a cruel let down. Most of this series has been bad...god knows why I've kept reading it. Hope, I think. I'm giving up after this one. Even her editor has given up. The main storyline is intriguing and the possibilities for Cruel were good---Bast must have been in a real hurry to finish this and her editor was in a coma. It's a weird blend of fae and modern slang. Please...the fae "tinkle"?? And what's with, "...more
♆ BookAddict ~ La Crimson Femme
Why did I wait so long to read this book? I'm not sure if it is the mindset I'm in right now or if it's the writing, but this book just flat out did it for me. Talk about hot alpha male! Aeric is hot and pretty rough. I was actually hoping he'd make Emmaline pay for her supposed sins. When he threatened to chain her to his bed and make her pay for the wrongs she committed against him, I melted. Is this wrong?

The sex in this book it hot. I mean, we are talking about I wish my spouse was awake so...more
All Things Urban Fantasy
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The kind of urban fantasy and paranormal romances I tend to gravitate towards are usually full of sexual tension as opposed to just sex. Still, when I saw the gorgeous cover (thank you Tony Mauro) and read the description for Anya Bast’s steamy new PNR, I decided to broaden my horizons a little. The verdict? CRUEL ENCHANTMENT is full of revenge, betrayal, magic, and plenty of sex. And I loved every single page.

CRUEL ENCHANTMENT gives us a rich...more
Cruel Enchantment
5 Stars

Many people would love to see Emmaline Gallagher dead but none more so than Aeric O’Malley. In her role as the Summer Queen’s assassin, Emmaline disposed of sadists and murderers but she also killed Aeric’s fiancée and now he wants revenge. However, when given the opportunity, he finds himself inexplicably attracted to his nemesis and soon learns that things are not as they seem and Emmaline may be the only chance the fae have to secure their freedom.

I abs...more
Cruel Enchantment by Anya Bast
Paranormal Romance- Sept 7th , 2010
4 ½ stars

Cruel Enchantment continues Anya Bast’s Dark Fae series. This 2nd book really ups the stakes as the Fae’s battle each other and the conflict between the Fae and the humans (who vastly outnumber them and are afraid of their magic) climbs to dangerous heights.

Emmaline Gallagher is a master of disguise and she has used these skills to become a ruthless assassin for the Fae Summer Queen. But Emmaline never enjoyed her work an...more
Khalia Hades
Emmaline Gallagher is about to risk it all and voluntarily travel into Piefferburg. This might not seem all that dangerous until you know that she is Fae and only her personal gift of handling glamour kept her out of the Fae lock up in the first place. But Emmaline has been working with the underground against the Phaendir, and in order to keep them from becoming even more powerful, she has to contact the one man who would rather kill her than look at her. Emmaline is counting on her glamour to...more
This is an interesting series where the fae are real, but have been banished to live in an area where they are all together. They don't really like this and are trying to gather the pieces of things to break the spell. At the core of this group is Emmaline, a fae, who for the last 300 hundred years has lived away from her people due to her past. She used to be the Seelie Queen's assassin and she was good at her job. She would have been happy to stay there until she accidentally killed an innocen...more
Mina Burrows
Anya Bast's latest novel in her Dark Magick series is Cruel Enchantment. This book is number 2 in the series. Book 1 is Wicked Enchantment.

Emmaline Gallagher is fae, living free in a human’s world. She has a special power called glamour. This power allows her to appear like any person or species, (male, female, human, fae...). With a power like that, no doubt she has a history. Before she became to live with humans (hundreds of years ago), this awe-aspiring fae female was once a deadly assassin...more
Marissa Dobson
Since reading Wicked Enchantment I have anxiously been waiting for the next book in the Dark Magick series. Cruel Enchantment didn't leave me down, it was a great second book to what it destined to be a great series. Cruel Enchantment has something for everyone it is full of revenge, betrayal, magic, and romance. Anya creates a rich world, with both traditional fae mythology, with new twists.

Emmalime was a strong yet tortured character. I loved that Emmaline was a survivor and wasn't afraid to...more
This is the second installment in Dark Magick serie and I can say without a shadow of doubt that Ms. Anya has rocked my world yet again with another awesome tale!

Emma is a woman with a lot of things not going her way. Life has dealt her a pretty crappy hand, but I admire the woman she become. She made the best of what she could with the cards that she was dealt. Her parents died when she was around ten. Leaving her to fin for herself. Until the Summer Queen took her in. Only it was not from the...more
The fae have been rounded up and relocated to what I can only compare to as a reservation called Piefferburg. Emmaline, who used to be the summer queens evil assassin, escaped the roundup, and lives outside the fae reservation as free woman. She is spectacular with glamour, and that is how she’s been able to hide who she is all this time.

Emmaline is legendary among the fae and is feared and loathed for the acts she carried out in the name of the summer queen. In the past, one of her assignments...more
If you like the supernatural that is not vampires but witches, goblins, fae, etc. action, suspense, and romance this book is for you.

Just imagine the following scenario: you used to be a highly trained assassin for your Queen from a very young age and whilst doing your job you commit a mistake, and this mistake is somewhat linked to a guy you have a crush on, but either way you decide to run away to the world of the humans… And years, years after your disappearance, you have to return to the sam...more
17.11.12 I have no idea what I'm doing delving deeper into the fantasy/paranormal or whatever you fans call this. It's not even my favourite genre for gads sake! But admittedly something about the otherworldly is digging its claws in so I'll continue to explore until...well...until whenever.

Inside the requisite 100 pages and right off I'm not into a man who physically manhandles a woman with the declared intent of killing her, but, and I cannot believe I'm even allowing a but, I never ever ever...more
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Jen (That's What I'm Talking About)
Welcome to an alternate Earth where humans have learned all about the magical fae races. Back several centuries ago, humans, with the help of the magical Phaendir, imprisoned the fae, forcing them within a land known as Piefferburg City. Emily is a pious, fae-hating human that works for the Phaendir, and she is about to enter Piefferburg for the “greater human good.” BUT in reality, Emily is Emmaline, a free fae living outside the prison walls of Piefferburg. She is working undercover as a human...more
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Heather C (Darkly Reading)
Emmaline has been trying to atone for her past sins as the Summer Queen's assassin many centuries previously by trying to find a way to destroy the detention center that the Phaendir built to imprison the fae - Piefferberg. Emmaline's ability to use personal glamour has allowed her to avoid being imprisoned in Piefferberg and to get close to the Phaendir who run the prison to gain a way to enter and exit Piefferberg in the guise of a human Faemous crew member (the fae "Entertainment Tonight" equ...more
Naomi Lahn
Anya Bast is such a great writer, I am so glad to have discovered her books. Cruel Enchantment (just one thing : I freakin love the covers of those books) was so interesting. The story was intricate and the characters were awesome.

Aeric my new love. Seriously you cannot not love this guy. He's perfection. As he says so well himself :

“Yeah, he never did anything halfway. He never felt anything in a lukewarm way, either. When he hated,he hated. When he wanted revenge,he wanted revenge. And when h
Sep 16, 2010 Mel rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: pnr, fae
Anya Bast has come to be one of my favorite authors. I came across her Elemental Witches series at a used book store and picked them up because they sounded so good. I devoured those books in about a week and had to pick up Wicked Enchantment, the first book in the Dark Magick series, simply because I love her style.

I read a lot; primarily UF and PNR. That being said, most authors write sex scenes that in my opinion should be eliminated because they are so dull (i.e. Jocelynn Drake's Wait For Du...more
T.J. Michaels
I read this book on my latest biz trip and I couldn't put it down! It felt like I'd waited forever (it had really only been four or five months ;D) to see what would happen between the Unseelie and the Phaendir...and I was not disappointed at all.

I loved the way this book followed the growth of the characters. We saw them evolve and change, which I love to see in a book. I must admit, it isn't always easy to pull it off smoothly.

The good guys were awesome. The bad guys were really really bad. I...more
Meghan Rose
So I've decided that going back in time and finding a blacksmith may be the way to go. Cause Aeric is hot! Loved this book, so much better than the first of the series. Yes I still think Ms. Bast does descriptions and details a little too well and too much, but she created this story between Aeric and Emmaline perfectly. The sexual tension and build up to their relationship is just as frustrating for the reader, as it is in the book. Emmaline's past as a broken, strong, kickass assassin is such...more
This is the second book in the Dark Magick series,and it's as entertaining as the first. Aeric is a blacksmith and also a member of The Wild Hunt. He's been waiting years to meet up with Emmaline again to get revenge on her. Emmaline, who was once an Assassin for the Summer Queen, is now a double agent attempting to help the Fae. In order to do so, she needs Aeric's help, and seeks him while in glamour. They meet again, he knows who she is.....and it gets hot from there! Bast writes wonderfully...more
Enjoyed this more than the first book in the series. The storyline and action started quickly and continued throughout the entire novel which made it fast paced and engaging. Of course their is a strong romance, which I did enjoy. I also like Emmaline's character a lot, she is strong and her backstory is interesting. PlUS she can kick major ass. I like Aeric though I am still biased to Gabriel. AND no more brandname dropping! Yay! There is also a lot more filling in of other character introduced...more
Just finished it and I really liked it. Although not as much as the first. I was disappointed with the beginning and the end

Book two in the series, this one could stand alone, but is better (I think) to read after the first book. The premise here is a bit more "love at first rape" (i.e.: not terribly believable). The heroine once killed the fiancée of the hero. He hates her. But lusts for her the moment they are thrown together. And that is after years of his plotting to kill her. Huh?

I have to say that although the premise is a bit thin, i still liked this book. It's fluff. but tasty fluff.
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Anya Bast is the author of numerous works of romantic fiction, mostly all paranormal and mostly all scorching hot. She lives in the country with her husband, daughter, eight cats, a dog, and an odd assortment of rescued animals.

She grew up in Minnesota and still favors the colder climates. After high school she moved to the southeast United States where she attended college. While in graduate scho...more
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